King of Hearts and Hearts of Blue by L. H. Cosway

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L. H. Cosway week continues! Onto King of Hearts and Hearts of Blue 🙂

King of Hearts

So this book takes place in the past, and present day. Oliver King is one of the characters that we meet in Hearts of Fire, and when we first meet him he is a defeated man. Believing he has lost everything he has turned to alcohol to numb his pain. He lives and travels with his sisters circus, but he lives mostly outside in the elements and is drunk all the time. Jack is one of his only friends, and one of the only people he gets along with. In Hearts of Fire, he loses a picture of a woman, and pretty much goes completely crazy until Lille finds it and it’s given back to him. I was really interested to see what happened to him to have him become the drunk and hopeless man we see at the circus.

The book starts by flashing back to 2009 for the first part of the book. Oliver is the head of a big company and heads up investments. When he meets a woman named Alexis when she interviews for his personal assistant position he has no idea how she will turn his world upside down.

“I used to rule the world.
There might be wolves on Wall Street, but there were crocodiles in Canary Wharf. Some of us craved money. Some of us craved power.
I liked money, and power had its advantages, but what I really wanted was to excel, to surpass the men who came before me. I never cared much for love and romance until I met Alexis.
I could feel it the very moment she walked into the interview, with her outspoken charm and vivacious personality. She cast all the others in shadow, made me laugh when life held no humour. Our friendship should have remained professional, but it wasn’t long before the lines started to blur.
You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? Well, I never foresaw where my plans would lead, and only in my darkest hour did I finally see the light…
You can have all the money and prestige in the world and still be the poorest man alive. And love, well, I hate to use a tired old cliché, but love can be the thing that truly sets you free.”

When Alexis is hired by Oliver, she knows she’s attracted to him, so when he starts to flirt with her she decides to tell him that she is a lesbian to try and keep her distance from him. She wants to succeed at this job, especially because she needs the money. For awhile they dance around each other, and one of my favorite scenes is when Oliver finds out she has been lying. It was such an amazing scene and really funny as well. L. H. Cosway always has an amazing way of creating a scene that feels real and genuine.

Around the middle of the book we jump ahead 6 years to present day, and continue the story of Alexis and Oliver. I’m not going to give anything away, but we do find out what happened to Oliver to make him give up on himself and why he disappeared without a trace 6 years ago. Alexis gets a letter from Lille asking her if she knows King, and she immediately goes to him at the circus. Their reunion and rebuilding of their relationship was so sweet, and I really loved it. This book was amazing from start to finish.

This was such a good book. I loved seeing characters from the previous 2 books, and how we still got to see the circus. L.H. Cosways writing style completely draws you in and you get so wrapped up in the emotions with the characters. King’s story was sad, but he gets a second chance at life and it ended so beautifully. This series is just so mesmerizing. I highly recommend it 🙂 This whole series is one of ones I will read over and over because it’s just that good!

Here are some of my favorite teaser graphics I found from L. H. Cosways facebook page.

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Hearts of Blue

Hearts of Blue is a standalone. We don’t see any characters from the first 3 books, except for Alexis (and not very often). The book takes place right after Oliver disappears, so it’s not really in the present like the first 2 books. The timeline takes place in between the past and present events of King of Hearts. So pretty much 6 years before the ending of book #3.

Karla is Alexis’ best friend and roommate. When Karla is with Alexis they run into Lee Cross, the brother of Alexis’ ex boyfriend. As soon as Lee sees Karla, he starts to flirt with her, but she knows he’s from the wrong side of the tracks. She’s a police officer,and she knows there is no way she’d go anywhere near someone like him, but Lee is persistent, and he’s going to get what he’s after.

“She upholds the law. He breaks it.
Two blue hearts, both alike in bravery
In not-so-fair London, where we lay our scene
From gun crime to petty theft
Where family is blood and survival makes hands unclean
In this place, we find two hearts who should be foes
And yet, amidst the turmoil their love still grows
Misadventure abounds and the divide will bring them strife
But with luck, death doesn’t always mean an end to life.
Hearts of Blue is a standalone contemporary romance that tells the story of star-crossed lovers Karla Sheehan and Lee Cross, a police constable and the thief who steals her heart.”

I really loved this story. Lee was a great guy that just had a bad start in life and did what he had to to feed and support his family when they were left alone as kids. The way he takes care of his family and close friends is endearing, and there is no way Karla can resist him. Karla is an officer, and as she starts to get close to Lee, the thin blue line starts to blur, and she realizes that things aren’t as black and white as she thought before.

It was completely a star crossed lovers plot, and I loved it! The only thing I was sad about is we don’t get to see any characters from the first 3 books, because this story line is in the past, and we don’t meet Jay and Jack until about 6 years later. I did however LOVE Trevor. He’s one of my favorite side characters, and he will have his own book, so that will be exciting! This is definitely a book I’d read again and again.

Here are some of my favorite teaser pics I’ve found for Hearts of Blue 🙂

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